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Elixir 16052 Elixir 16052 Nanoweb Coating Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar 6-Strings, Light .012-.053 Gauges
- Lasts 3-5 times longer than ordinary strings
- Coating prevents contamination and corrosion
- Anti-Rust plating on plain steel strings resist tone-deadening corrosion
- Feels like a traditional guitar string
- Reduced finger squeak
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Delivering the same long-lasting, amazing tone players worldwide count on for their acoustic guitars, Elixir Strings also offers a varied array of premium string options for other styles and instruments!
- Electric Guitar Strings
- Bass Guitar Strings
- Banjo Strings
- Mandolin Strings
Made For Musicians Who Just Want To Play More Music
Premium, long-lasting acoustic guitar strings from Elixir Strings
Ever since pioneering coated string technology in 1997, our reason for making premium guitar strings has remained simple—we want you to have more quality playing time between the hassle and cost of string changes. And gig after gig, session after session, lesson after lesson, we’ve delivered. In fact, experienced players worldwide trust our corrosion-defying strings to keep their tone longer than any other brand’s coated or uncoated strings,* and we’re proud to stand as America’s #1 acoustic guitar string brand.**
We now offer three premium acoustic string options, each featuring our patented coating technology, to help you find exactly the tone and feel you’re looking for. Thanks to the unique differences between metals and coatings, we offer a long-lasting set for any style. From bright and sparkling to rich and robust, the dynamic range of available sound is yours for the picking. Of course, finding the string that’s right for you is a matter of personal preference. So try them out for yourself!
* Elixir strings player survey | ** mI salestrak (us $ vol) | gore, elixir, nanoweb, polyweb, optiweb great tone long life, 'e' icon, and other designs are trademarks of W.L. Gore & Associates.
- Elixir Strings 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings w POLYWEB Coating
- Elixir Strings Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings w NANOWEB Coating
- Elixir Strings 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings w NANOWEB Coating
Superior Technology. Superior Strings.
Less Sweat, Debris, And Finger Squeak
The way your strings sound has a lot to do with what you normally can’t see. While both of our patented coatings reduce noisy finger squeak, they also cut down on a large number of other pesky annoyances common to your average uncoated string. Sweat, skin, dirt, and even air, for example, can do a lot of damage to your strings. And if you live in a hot, humid area, the moisture in the atmosphere can wreak total havoc on your strings’ tone life. But with Elixir Strings, you’re getting world-class protection that’s engineered to endure.
Polyweb Coating Vs NANOWEB Coating
POLYWEB Coating was our first coated string innovation all the way back in the '90s. It tends to warm and mellow the string’s tone and has a fast, slick feel that’s gentle on the fingers, which lets players keep jamming without the strings getting in the way. As a response to players who said they prefer a more traditional feel, NANOWEB Coating was then designed. This ultra-thin coating allows a brighter, crisper tone while offering the same amount of tone-life protection as its predecessor.
Coated Like No Other
Unlike other string brands, Elixir Strings coats the whole string. This protects not only the outer string surface but also the gaps between the windings where common tone-deadening gunk typically builds up in other brands’ coated and uncoated guitar strings. That’s why Elixir strings retain their tone longer than any other brand’s string, coated or uncoated. Simply put, build-up and corrosion kill your tone, and Elixir strings protect against elements that cause build-up and corrosion. All while sounding exactly how you’d expect a premium set of strings to sound.
Corrosion protection between wrap wire windings is all well and good, but you may be asking yourself, 'What about the strings that don’t have a wrap wire?' And we’re proud to tell you, don’t worry—we’ve got those covered too. Literally. With our signature Anti-Rust Plating, even your plain steel strings defy the elements. This ensures longer tone life not just for your coated wound strings, but for your entire set. When we say you’ll have more gigging, jamming, touring, or practice time between string changes, we mean it.
High Praise For Elixir Strings From The Pros Themselves
"I put my first set on my guitar, and two weeks later they still sounded awesome."
-Kaki King, Golden Globe-Nominated Guitarist/Composer
John Paul Jones
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If you're sketchy that your strings are fake, look closely for a coating. Or feel the strings, if they don't feel smooth or your fingers don't easily slide, it's most likely fake.
The coating does affect string sound and I noticed it for the first session or two of playing. After that, what stood out to me was that the strings never lost their tone. For weeks. Ernie Ball Earthwoods sound great when installed, but after a week of playing, I can feel and hear them start to deaden out. The Elixirs take a hit on day one and two, but they don't wear down for weeks at a time. Months even. To me, by the time I am on my fifth session of playing (in one-to-two hour sessions), the Elixirs start to surpass the others and they continue to shine at that level for quite a long time. In fact, degradation of sound was so minuscule on my last set that I never heard it. I changed out the strings when I began to see visible marks at the fret and pick area (assuming where the coating was starting to chip/wear). The change did make them sound better... I could tell after I put the new ones on that the old ones were worn, but it was minor.
In short, you pay three times more for these strings, but you should get five times more life out of them. To me, choosing a $5-$6 set of strings instead is being penny wise and pound foolish.
Strings I have used before:
Gryphon - local shop
The Elixer strings crush them all. And they last a long time.
Will buy over and over again forever!!
These may or may not be the strings for you. Testing is the only way to know for sure.
The change required nut slotting to accompany the larger string gauges. Keep that in mind...